There was no Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2012. Did you know that? I didn’t. There were three finalists, but the word is the eighteen judges couldn’t decide. They have a rule that a two-thirds majority must occur and it didn’t. So the books on the short list stayed there and no one got the award. That’s the first time in thirty-five years no award was given.
A jury of three fiction readers read over three hundred novels and short stories and came up with these finalists:
1919: The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
1918: His Family by Ernest Poole
To reward you for making it to the bottom of this list, here are a few facts about the Pulitzer Prizes!
The Pulitzer prizes were established in 1917 to recognize outstanding journalism, photography, literature, history, poetry, music and drama.
There are twenty-one award categories. Only United States citizens are eligible to apply for the prize in Letters, Drama and Music, except for the History category of Letters, in which the book must be about the United States, but the author may be of any nationality.
John F. Kennedy has been the only President to receive the Pulitzer Prize. He was awarded the prize in 1957 for his biography, Profiles in Courage.
And for all those self-published and indie authors: Self-published books are eligible for the prize, but they must be available in print!
Click here to visit an earlier post with interesting facts about the man behind it all, famous newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer.
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